The Internet is full of good information about sheep and very little information about blackbelly sheep. When you read some of the Web sites about blackbelly sheep, you will scratch your head because no one seems to agree even about what to call them, let alone how to care for them!
To save you time, I have listed below the absolute MUST Web sites tha you, as a shepherd and as a blackbelly breeder, should read. When you read these sites (or at least familiarize yourself with their content), you will learn just about all of the factual, verified information we have on blackbelly sheep, and you'll be able to quickly find the best general sheep sites on the Internet.
About Blackbelly Sheep:
- Comprehensive FAO Book Chapter on Barbados Blackbelly
This is one of the best articles published and I recommend it highly.
- Oklahoma State University hair sheep breeds The OSU Web site is generally regarded as the prominent authority on sheep breeds. They devote a page to each breed, as follows:
- Barbados Blackbelly Sheep Association International
The BBSAI is the main registry for both American Blackbelly and Barbados Blackbelly and is a good association to belong to if you own either breed.
About Sheep in General:
The first three general sheep sites are more of Susan Schoenian's wordcraft. If you need to know it, you'll find it here.
- Making sense of the Mandatory National Scrapie Eradication Program
- The Sheep Book--Online by Ron Parker. Although Ron is a woolie shepherd, his information is sound and he is well-respected in the sheep world. His generous offer to make his hardcopy book available for free online must be commended.)
For more time-saving links, have a look at my Links page. I only list a link there that I think will be useful to you. I do not engage in "link sharing." I have to believe a site has merit for blackbelly breeders before I'll link to it.